To the Editor:
Except for a brief debate over the ill-conceived “bear bylaw”, the town has been relatively quiet for quite a long time. I was beginning to think my fellow citizens had lost their verve and were drowning in a sea of apathy when along comes Judy Gadicke’s column (“Creston Valley should consider adopting daylight time”).
The time issue reminds me of the old dog and his bone. He chews on it for a while, then buries it. Some time later, he digs it up and chews on it some more, buries it again and after a while he dig it up and chews on it again.
Creston and Nelson are a scant 50 miles apart as the crow flies and less distance than from the dividing line between time zones. Since Nelson is on daylight time, according to some self-styled experts, there should be a saving in energy. Given Creston’s nearness to Nelson, it seems reasonable to assume Creston must also be saving energy, so why would we change our time?
This may be a spurious argument; however, it has never been proven adoption of daylight time saves any energy at all. Some scientific sources maintain the concept of daylight time is a colossal scam foisted off on a gullible public.
Creston’s time dilemma (if there is one) is not that we need to adopt daylight time, it is that we need to get on the same time as either Nelson or Cranbrook throughout the year. There would always be a difference of opinion as to which way we would go; however, I think most people would opt for Cranbrook.
This would not necessarily mean we would have to adopt daylight time. A preferable solution would be Creston’s town council meeting with Cranbrook’s city council to persuade it to abandon daylight time in favour of mountain time.